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The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild has become a driving force in the ongoing effort to protect coin collectors and museums in which coins are stored from being forced to give up these items to foreign governments under the premise the coins are the cultural patrimony of the claimant nation. — Richard Giedroyc, World Coin News April 26, 2010

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Bogdanos "Thieves of Baghdad" reviewed

Peter K. Tompa, a Washington attorney specializing in cultural property issues, reviews the recently released chronicle by Matthew Bogdanos about Baghdad Museum looting during the invasion of Iraq. This review was originally published in the March 2006 issue of The Celator. Full story

AIA Backpedals on Iraq Museum Claims

The Archaeological Institute of America, which shamelessly fanned the flames of reported horrors at the Iraq Museum during hostilities in that country has now admitted publicly that the claims were greatly exaggerated, that there were mitigating circumstances to preclude U.S. military protection at the time and that many of the missing items have been recovered from within Iraq, not from the international market which was blamed extensively for the looting. The official press release follows: Full story